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Essentials for a Fashion-Sketching Tool Kit

Picking the right tools is key to making a perfect fashion sketch.
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Picking the right tools is key to making a perfect fashion sketch.

Picking the right tools is key to making a perfect fashion sketch.

Photo: Courtesy of Vikki Yau

Illustrator, designer, and contributing editor for Fashionary, Vikki Yau, has kindly created the following post to highlight her favorite tools for fashion sketching.

Fashionary is most well-known for its fashion sketchbooks, tailor-made for fashion designers, as well as its foldout paper panels with men's, women's, and children's figure templates. In addition, Fashionary offers new tape measures marked with runway models' body measurements and an Essential Boxset, which bundles all of its fantastic products together. All of these are perfect tools to get you started.


As a fashion illustrator and designer, I love to use different media to create my illustrations. Below, I'll share my favorite fashion-sketching tools and demonstrate how to create a fashion sketch.

Fashion-sketching tool list:
1. Fashionary sketchbooks
2. Drawing pencils
3. Pencil sharpeners and erasers
4. Fine black pens
5. Watercolor set
6. Markers
7. Colored pencils

art supplies

1. Fashionary sketchbooks
I've used Fashionary sketchbooks for five years, and they are my best friends. Fashionary sketchbooks are combined with extensive fashion information and figure templates. The templates are barely visible, which makes it easy to sketch my designs over them.

The Fashionary formula = 20% fashion dictionary + 80% figure templates

fashionary formula


The classic Fashionary collection, with dark gray covers, comes in Women's and Men's editions in two sizes: A4 and A5. I use the smaller A5 size more frequently, since it's handy to bring outside and mark down ideas whenever they come to me. The A4 size, on the other hand, is perfect for drawing detailed sketches.

fashionary sketchbook sizes

Do you see the figure templates in light orange-colored dots below? These nine-head standard model templates with elongated figures and long legs are perfect for drawing fashion designs.


To download the following FREE men's, women's, and children's figure templates, "like" the Fashionary Facebook page here.

template downloads

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